Zak Ové

Zak Ové B. 1966 in London. He assisted his legendary father Horace Ové on numerous film shoots through his teens, before gaining a BA in ”Films as fine art” from St. Martin’s school of art in London. In more recent years, Zak Ove has been concentrated on protography as ”fine art”. see his full cv below…

An “army” of 2-metre-high (6.5-foot) statues has been assembled in the courtyard of a former royal palace in London to welcome visitors to an African art fair.

Something of a cross between China’s terracotta warriors and the Easter Island monoliths, the 40 stern-faced black figures dominate the neoclassical entrance to Somerset House which is hosting the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair.

The work of London-born artist Zak Ove, the installation “Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness” is meant to recall a play performed at Somerset House when it was the home of the wife of King James I in the 17th century that featured players in blackface makeup.

“The installation comments on the relationship between power, beauty, identity and skin color,” according the organizers of the show, which includes paintings, sculptures and photography by a range of artists.

 

Zak Ove’s Army of black statues stands guard at African art show in London.

Zak Ové’s ‘Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and The Masque of Blackness’ (2016), a courtyard installation made for the third edition of the 1:54 African art fair in London’s Somerset House. blackpop.me

Zak Ové   Black and Blue. The Invisible Man and The Masque of Blackness    2016
Mixed media  For sale : sol@blackpop.me

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Zak Ové Black and Blue. The Invisible Man and The Masque of Blackness 2016
Mixed media

Black and Blue. The Invisible Man and The Masque of Blackness    2016 Mixed media

Black and Blue. The Invisible Man and The Masque of Blackness 2016
Mixed media

Zak Ové   Nubian Return   2011 mixed media   250 x 150 x 40 cm / 98 3/8 x 59 x 15 3/4 in    Mixed media including seventies rootsein mannequin, aircraft fuselage, telephone box shelter, metal signage, etc. 250 x 150 x 40 cm 98 3/8 x 59 x 15 3/4 in

Zak Ové Nubian Return 2011
mixed media 250 x 150 x 40 cm / 98 3/8 x 59 x 15 3/4 in
Mixed media including seventies rootsein mannequin, aircraft fuselage, telephone box shelter, metal signage, etc. 250 x 150 x 40 cm 98 3/8 x 59 x 15 3/4 in

Zak Ové   Inheritance   2011-12 Mixed media   155 x 163 cm / 61 x 64 1/8 in

Zak Ové Inheritance 2011-12
Mixed media 155 x 163 cm / 61 x 64 1/8 in

Zak Ové   Hairy Man   2013

Zak Ové Hairy Man 2013

Zak Ové   The Upsetters (King and Queen)   2013 Mixed Media   King Upsetter: H.255 x W. 76.5 x D. 52 cm / Queen Upsetter: H.255 x W.76.5 x D. 55cm x  cm /  x  in

Zak Ové The Upsetters (King and Queen) 2013
Mixed Media King Upsetter: H.255 x W. 76.5 x D. 52 cm / Queen Upsetter: H.255 x W.76.5 x D. 55cm x cm / x in

Zak Ové   Lajabless   2013

Zak Ové Lajabless 2013

Zak Ové   Time Tunnel   2013 Glass, brass and steel   Exhibiting in GLASSTRESS: White Light / White Heat, Collateral event of the 55th International Art Exhibition La Biennale Venice, 2013

Zak Ové Time Tunnel 2013
Glass, brass and steel
Exhibiting in GLASSTRESS: White Light / White Heat, Collateral event of the 55th International Art Exhibition La Biennale Venice, 2013

Zak Ové   DP4

Zak Ové DP4

Zak Ové   DP14   Plywood frame with sacking crouche doilies   180 x 122 cm / 70 7/8 x 48 in

Zak Ové DP14
Plywood frame with sacking crouche doilies 180 x 122 cm / 70 7/8 x 48 in

Zak Ové   DP17   Plywood frame with sacking crouche doilies   180 x 122 cm / 70 7/8 x 48 in

Zak Ové DP17
Plywood frame with sacking crouche doilies 180 x 122 cm / 70 7/8 x 48 in

Zak Ové   DP15   Plywood frame with sacking crouche doilies   180 x 122 cm / 70 7/8 x 48 in

Zak Ové DP15
Plywood frame with sacking crouche doilies 180 x 122 cm / 70 7/8 x 48 in

 

Born 1966, London

Lives and works in London and Trinidad

EDUCATION

Graduated 1987, Film as Fine Art BA, St. Martin’s School of Art, London

FUTURE EXHIBITIONS

2016 Double Dutch, NAGB, Bahamas
2016 National Gallery, Cayman islands

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015  Celebrating Africa; Moko Jumbie, The British Museum, London

2014  House of Barnabas, London (March)

2014  Arms Around The Child, No1 Mayfair London

2013-2014 Speaker, Vigo Gallery, London

2010  Twice Is Too Much, The Freies Museum, Berlin

2010  Past Future, Fine Art Society, London

2009  Blue Devils, Real Art Ways Museum, Connecticut

2008  Black & White Nudes, Carte Blanche Gallery, London

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 Newark Museum, USA

2015 1:54 African Art Fair, Somerset House, London

2013 – 2014: Chaos Into Clarity: Re-Possessing a Funktioning Utopia, Sharjah Art Foundation, Dubai

2013 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, London

2013 Glasstress: White Light / White Heat, Venice Biennale, Venice

2012 Vigo Gallery, London Art Fair, London

2012 Ululation, Vigo Gallery, London, UK

2012 London Twelve, City of Prague Museum. Czech Republic

2012 New Re-Visions, House of The Nobleman, London, UK

2012 The Future Can Wait – Charlie Smith, London, UK

2012 British, Vigo Gallery, London

2012 Vigo Gallery, London Art Fair, London

2012 Voices of Home, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York

2011 The Return Of The House Of The Nobleman, The House of the Nobleman, London

2011 Karen Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Texas contemporary fair, Houston

2011 LA Platform, Karen Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Los Angeles

2011 Sculpture today – New Forces New Forms, Frederik Meijer Sculpture Park, Michigan

2011 Carnaval and Masquerade, Musee Dapper, Paris

2011 The Minotaur, Lazarides Gallery, Old Vic Tunnels, London

2011 Go Tell it To The Mountain, 3D Sculpture Park, Verbier, Switzerland

2011 Africa See You See me, Li – Space, Beijing

2011 Stephen Burks | Are You A Hybrid, Museum of Art and Design, New York

2011 Encounters of Bamako, Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon

2011 Fine Arts Society, Volta NY, New York

2011 Fine Art Society, London Art Fair, London

2011 Africa: See You, See Me, Fondazione Studio Maragoni, Florence

2011 Africa: See You, See Me, Officine Fotografiche, Rome

2010 Fesman 2010: World Festival of Black Arts, Dakar, Senegal

2010 Encounters Of Bamako, B-Gallery European centre for contempory Art, Brussels

2010 Hell’s Half Acre, Lazarides Gallery, London

2010 Encounters of Bamako, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg

2010 We Are Not Witches, The Saatchi Gallery, London

2010 Encounters of Bamako, South African National Gallery, Cape Town

2010 Africa: See You, See Me, Museu da Cidade, Lisbon

2010 Tough Love, Plataforma Revólver, Lisbon

2010 Encounters of Bamako, Panafrican Exhibition tour, Foto Museum, Antwerp

2009 Rockstone and Bootheel, Real Art Ways, Connecticut

2009 Encounters of Bamako, Panafrican Exhibition, National Museum, Bamako, Mali

2009 Encomium, Fine Art Society, London

SELECTED DIRECTED FILMS

2010  A Land So Far, film installation, Afrodizzia, by Chris Ofili, Tate Britain, London

2002  I Have A Dream, Independent Short Film

2002  Wonderful World, PSA short film for the Anti Racist Alliance campaign, UK national cinema

2002  Guinness campaign, Cinema, TV and Print, featuring Lee Scratch Perry, Ireland

AWARDS

2003  Milan African Film Festival, Italy: Cinit Award, Best Short Film

2002  Black Film & TV Awards, UK: Best Short Film /Best Short Film Director /Best New Talent

2002  SoHo Images, UK: Best Short Film

RESIDENCIES

2011 The 3D Foundation, Sculpture Residency, Verbier, Switzerland

2007 Caribbean Contemporary Arts, Trinidad: sponsored by the A. Warhol Foundation, New York

PUBLICATIONS

Michket Krifa and Laura Serani, Encounters of Bamako 9: The African Photography Biennial, 2009, Paris

SCREENINGS AND FILM FESTIVALS

2013 Cutlog, New York

2005  Peter Doig’s Studio Film Club, Ludvig Museum, Cologne

2005  Peter Doig’s Studio Film Club, Kunsthal Museum, Zurich

2004  Peter Doig’s Studio Film Club, Trinidad

2003  Africa in the Picture, Amsterdam

2003  African Film Festival, New York

2002  BFM Short Film Festival, London

2003  UK Melvin Van Peebles Festival, San Francisco

2003  Milan African Film Festival, Milan

2002  Toronto Film Festival, Toronto

2002  Venice Film Festival, Venice

Transfigura 1

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Transfigura 1A // 116 x 82cm // giclee print // POA
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Transfigura 1B // 116 x 82cm // giclee print // POA
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Transfigura 1C // 116 x 82cm // giclee print // POA
Transfigura 1D // 116 x 82cm // giclee print // POA
Transfigura 1E // 116 x 82cm // giclee print // POA
Transfigura 1F // 116 x 82cm // giclee print // POA
Transfigura 1G // 116 x 82cm // giclee print // POA
Transfigura 1H // 116 x 82cm // giclee print // POA
Transfigura 1I // 116 x 82cm // giclee print // POA
Tranfigura 1J // 116 x 82cm // giclee print // POA

Transfigura 2

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Transfigura 2A // 116 x 82cm // giclee print // POA
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Transfigura 2B // 116 x 82cm // giclee print // POA
Transfigura 2C // 116 x 82cm // giclee print // POA
Transfigura 2D // 116 x 82cm // giclee print // POA
Transfigura 2E // 116 x 82cm // giclee print // POA
Transfigura 2F // 116 x 82cm // giclee print // POA
Transfigura 2G // 116 x 82cm // giclee print // POA
Transfigura 2H // 116 x 82cm // giclee print // POA
Transfigura 2I // 116 x 82cm // giclee print // POA

Nudes study

Nudes // 30 x 25 inches // POA
Nudes // 30 x 25 inches // POA
Nudes // 30 x 25 inches // POA
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Nudes // 30 x 25 inches // POA
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Nudes // 30 x 25 inches // POA
Nudes // 30 x 25 inches // POA
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Nudes // 30 x 25 inches // POA
Zak Ove in person talking to buyers

Zak Ove in person talking to buyers

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The 14th edition of Frieze London and fifth outing of Frieze Masters opened in an uncomfortable economic environment — a situation made stark by the coinciding turmoil surrounding the fairs’ lead sponsor, Deutsche Bank. While the mood was yet upbeat at the busy VIP openings on October 5, the optimistic thirst for cutting-edge contemporary works has given way to a more sober environment.

New this year at Frieze London is a minimal and largely conceptual section dedicated to works from the 1990s. Not so long ago, perhaps, but the new focus contributes to a different, gentler feel in a tent that previously stipulated that works had to be made after 2000.

Other works from the 1990s feature in the main sections of the fairs. “People now want to look back a bit,” says Wendy Olsoff, the co-founder of New York’s PPOW gallery. At the Frieze London opening, crowds were circling around a striking table of pink plastic goods by the feminist artist Portia Munson on the PPOW booth (“Pink Project: Table”, 1994, $225,000). Early sales at the fair included some of Munson’s accompanying photographs ($15,000 each, edition of six). Newer works also sold on the first day, including a 2016 painting by one of this year’s hot names, Harold Ancart, for $85,000 (David Kordansky gallery).

A buyer quickly emerged for Black Pop Contemporary & Vigo Gallery’s Zak Ové’s impressive site-specific courtyard installation made for the third edition of the 1:54 African art fair in London’s Somerset House this week (“Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and The Masque of Blackness”, 2016). Modern Forms, a contemporary art platform founded by Hussam Otaibi, managing partner of the investment group Floreat, and Nick Hackworth, the curator who previously ran London’s Paradise Row gallery, bought one of three editions of the 40 identical, life-size sculptures of Nubian masked men, priced at £300,000, through London’s Vigo gallery. The plan is for Ové’s installation to be part of a sculpture park that Modern Forms is creating at a property in Berkshire. Modern Forms was founded this year and draws on Otaibi’s 500-plus collection of mostly emerging art. Floreat is also sponsoring the fair (open until Sunday).

 

 

 


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